Using an article about the Leaning Tower of Pisa as an example, this assignment provides a brief overview of how to read an informative text effectively. The assignment points out six good tips for effective reading of nonfiction text.
Type of Material:
This material could be used as an assignment or homework in almost any class because it teaches how to read non-fiction texts, such as textbooks. It could be an effective pre-test for reading comprehension, or it could be a resource for a class beginning a module on reading nonfiction text.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
• The student will review reading tools for non-fiction texts.
• The student will read an example text.
• The student will apply the reading tools to the sample text.
Target Student Population:
Middle School Students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic reading skills
This assignment is brief but clear and concise. It provides six reading tools that give practical advice on reading efficiently.
While the site gives good information, it does not illustrate the application of the principles it suggests. The analogies used in the assignment introduction may be lost on a middle school population.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This assignment is brief but effective. It provides six reading tools that give practical advice on reading efficiently. The topic is interesting and should hold students' attention.
The site doesn't have an application aspect, such as content/context questions which apply the tools to the text given.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is easy to use because it is a PDF file which can be opened in any browser and on any type of computer. This assignment would be easy to use as an individual assignment or as a partner assignment. Partners could read the assignment and then brainstorm ideas on potential solutions.
The down side is that there are no interactive elements.
Other Issues and Comments:
The information is great as a handout that is part of a presentation on reading non-fiction texts, but would need an added assignment that would apply the tools given in the presentation.
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